Walking into Hopkins’ Eatery on Market Street I realized two things. First, I should have called in my order because the line stretched around the counter. Second, I discovered the place on the northeast side of Tallahassee favored by ladies who lunch.
While waiting in line behind two women discussing how best to tone their triceps I looked through the menu. There were numerous salads and sandwiches and I settled on the Ultimate Turkey. As I made my way towards the cashier I watched her furiously takes order and scribble them on a paper pad. She was a highly trained professional and I was impressed how she managed the long line. When it was my turn I placed my order and grabbed a seat.
The two guys behind the counter called out names as orders streamed out of the kitchen. I waited. And waited. And waited some more. I asked if they had anything for Mike and they told me it would be up in a minute or two. More time passed and one of the guys asked if I had ordered an Ultimate Turkey. He handed me my sandwich and told me the cashier had taken down my name as Blake.
I grabbed the bag and headed for my office. I unwrapped the sandwich. The Ultimate Turkey consisted of turkey breast, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, tomato, onion, lettuce, mayonnaise, topped with parmesan dressing and served hot. The bread was a little soggy but I assume that was because of the amount of time it sat on the counter waiting for Blake.
The meat and cheese were piled high. The mushroom added a nice bit of earthiness to the sandwich. The parmesan dressing and cheese added another layer of flavor to the sandwich which made it more than a normal turkey sub. The sandwich was a little messy to eat, but by the time I was done there was nothing left but a few stray pieces of lettuce. Thankfully I still had enough room to polish off one of Hopkins’ delicious Congo bars.
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